April 10, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 1:47 pm

CT's home health care costs remain stable

Despite the rising costs of health care, the price to receive care in the home through home health aide services in Connecticut has actually remained relatively stable over the past five years, a new study says.

Nationally, the median hourly cost for homemaker services and home health aide services is $18 and $19, respectively. In Connecticut, by comparison, the median cost for homemaker services is $19 per hour and the median cost for home health aide services is $21 per hour, according to the 2012 Cost of Care Survey by Genworth Financial, an insurance company whose offerings include long-term care insurance.

The median hourly cost for homemaker services in Connecticut has declined 0.2 percent over the past five years, while the hourly cost of home health aide services has increased only 0.9 percent over the same period of time.

By comparison, the median annual cost for care in an assisted living facility is $39,600 nationally. The comparable cost in Connecticut is $53,700. The national yearly cost for assisted living has increased 5.7 percent a year over the past five years, while long term care costs in Connecticut have increased 3.3 percent a year during the same time period.

Nationally, the median annual cost for a private nursing home room rose 4.3 percent annually over the past five years to $81,030, while costs in Connecticut increased 3.9 percent a year during the comparable time period to $145,818.

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